So, a little about Rachel Whitney, who may be Oliver Perry Whitney’s aunt. Treat this all as SPECULATION!!!
A bit of paraphrasing from my enrty on Witney Research Group:
Rachel Whitney, parentage unknown but maybe James, was born 4 Sep 1832, OH, and died 22 Jan 1899, Oak Grove, Jackson Co., MO. Her maiden name is confirmed by her daughter Charlotte’s death certificate.
She married 26 Mar 1839, Clermont, OH, George W. Campbell. He was born 1819, KY, and died 1850, Martinsville, Clark Co., IL.
G. W. Campbell is listed as having occupation “farmer dead” on the 1850 Census Clark County. Here’s why I think Rachel may be the aunt of Oliver Perry Whitney, sister of his father James — His mother Ruth is listed with this family in 1850 when both husbands are believed to have unexpectedly died traveling west. Another possible link is that living in Clermont County at the time (where Rachel married GW) there’s a James Whitney, David Whitney, and Hepsibeth Whitney living with the Peter Light Family. Peter’s wife, another Hepsibeth had the maiden name WHitney. Ruth’s maiden name from her son’s death certificate is Light. Also, one of the Light families in the area has a child Oliver Perry, which we’ve always been told was a family name. Anyway, this James is too old to be Ruth’s husband who supposedly is dead, but the right age to be her father-in-law, Oliver Perry’s grandfather. Unfortunately, he and David disappear in the next census. There is also a Ruth Light living with this family, who is definately not our Ruth. But considering the repition of names among cousins in this family, it again makes me think there’s a connection. I just can’t PROVE it.
I’m still troubled by Oliver Perry not being on the census with Ruth, he should have been born just prior to it unless we have his birth year wrong. She could then have been pregnant with him at the time of the census.
Rachel next married 26 Jun 1853, Clark Co., IL, Michael Surface. He was born 1810 and died 1889 Oak Grove, Jackson Co., MO. She’s buried in the Mecklin Cemetery near Oak Grove.
Children of George W. and Rachel (Whitney) Campbell:
i. Margianna Campbell, b. 1840, KY.
ii. Charlotte Campbell, b. 1843, IL, d. 1919, MO. m. Hiram Surface
iii. David Campbell, b. 1848, IL.
iv. Helen Campbell, b. 1850, IL.
Children of Michael and Rachel (Whitney)(Campbell) Surface:
v. Susan Sara Surface, b. 1854, IL, d. 18 Jun 1892, Jackson Co., MO.
vi. George Surface, b. 1859, Johnson, IN.
Anyone with any info, let me know please!